Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

State won’t consider most of funding request by advocates for the poor

By: - August 24, 2020

When it meets on Monday, the Ohio Controlling Board won’t consider most of the funding requests by advocates who say hundreds of thousands of low-income Ohioans might face hunger and eviction in the coming weeks. The advocates say that with the expiration of federal unemployment supplements and eviction moratoriums — and with the resumption of […]

DeWine says coronavirus fight has to take priority over safety net

By: - August 21, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said that with limited resources, he'd have to prioritize fighting the disease over helping low-income Ohioans facing increasingly desperate circumstances. Some advocates for the poor said, however, said that is a false choice; that the more unstable vulnerable Ohioans become, the tougher it will be to check the spread of COVID-19.

Without federal unemployment benefit, hunger said to be looming for huge numbers of Ohioans

By: - August 20, 2020

A top Ohio food bank official issued a stark warning Wednesday: Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans already face food insecurity and if Congress doesn't act soon, the pain might become impossible for the rest of Ohioans to ignore.

Are companies being sued by Ohio also bidding on new Medicaid contract?

By: - August 19, 2020

The Ohio Department Medicaid won't say whether it will award a big contract to companies against whom the state has filed lawsuits claiming the companies ripped off state agencies in transactions involving prescription drugs.

Ohio economists say mask mandate is well worth doing

By: - August 17, 2020

Ohio economists say mask mandate is well worth doing

Feds release unemployment guidance, could be a long time before supplements reach Ohioans

By: - August 17, 2020

As promised, the U.S. Department of Labor last week released guidance to the states on how it will disburse money to supplement unemployment checks. But it’s far from clear when — or whether — hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Ohioans will see those funds. A $600-a-week federal supplement had been credited with keeping millions of […]

Trying to avoid the fray, DeWine pleads for federal help for cities and states

By: - August 14, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday tried to stay out of Washington's political battles while making an impassioned plea for federal assistance to state and local governments.

Amid questions, Medicaid director has governor’s confidence

By: - August 13, 2020

The performance of Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, but she retains the confidence of Gov. Mike Dewine. The governor appointed Corcoran to lead the $27 billion-a-year agency in January 2019, after it had experienced a series of controversies involving the pricing and acquisition of prescription drugs. They included […]

DeWine says state doesn’t have money to supplement unemployment, but silent on more federal dollars to states

By: - August 12, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said the state doesn't have the money to supplement unemployment benefits. But he didn't speak up for a plan to send state and local governments additional money.

Governor’s office: Federal $300 unemployment supplement likely coming

By: - August 10, 2020

It appears likely that unemployed Ohians will get a $300-a-week federal supplement to their benefits, but it’s unclear when it will start, Dan Tierney, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s press secretary, said Monday. The supplement was called for as part of a series of executive orders President Donald Trump signed Saturday.  “Part of the timing of […]

DeWine tests positive, and then negative, for coronavirus

By: - August 6, 2020

After earlier testing positive for coronavirus, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office Thursday night said he had tested negative for the novel coronavirus. DeWine, 73, received a routine test that morning before meeting President Donald Trump in Northern Ohio. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted tested negative, DeWine said, and accompanied Trump on a tour of a Cleveland-area […]

With federal unemployment insurance lapsed, Ohio senators urge action

By: - August 6, 2020

A $600 weekly federal supplement to unemployment insurance lapsed last week, leaving many of the 32 million unemployed Americans staring into a financial abyss. The Democratically controlled U.S. House of Representatives in May passed a $3 trillion relief bill that would continue the supplement until the economy reaches certain benchmarks.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, […]